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3:35 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Shipping iPads to Customers  —  Apple has starting shipping iPads for delivery.  Those who placed their orders in on the first day have started receiving shipping notices from the Apple Store.  —  Unfortunately, the early ship date does not necessarily mean that customers will receive their iPads before April 3rd.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's Best Buy distribution changes iPad unit calculus  —  Apple's iPad lands at Apple stores April 3 and Best Buy's distribution heft will be riding shotgun.  The double-barreled distribution channel for the Apple iPad may change the calculus behind Wall Street's unit guessing game.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple offering video iPad tutorials online  —  Apple just updated their site with 11 different iPad tutorial videos.  The quality is outstanding.  We're watching the combined version at the bottom now.  — Facebook  — Google  —  Latest Stories on 9 to 5 Mac  — Mac OSX 10.6.3 released
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Morgan Stanley: Apple Will Ship Over Six Million iPads This Year  —  Apple's iPad hasn't yet arrived at market, but the device's suppliers are already raising their build rates in expectation of strong sales, thanks to encouraging pre-order rates.  —  This according to Morgan Stanley (MS) …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: iPad On Sale In “Most” Best Buy Stores On April 3, From 9 AM
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Best Buy's iPad supply: 15 per store
Discussion: PC World and Gadget Lab
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros. Recruits Students to Spy on Pirates  —  The people who work at the anti-piracy divisions of Warner Bros. and other large media companies have to be experts in file-sharing technology.  It is therefore no surprise that Warner Bros. is actively recruiting students for a job as Anti-Piracy Intern …
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences  —  As commercial availability of the Apple iPad draws near, we have been getting a lot of inquiries from customers looking for guidance on what they need to do to deliver great video experiences on these devices that exclusively support the HTML5 approach to video.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Brightcove converts Time, NYT Flash video to HTML5 for iPad  —  Brightcove's partnerships with The New York Times and Time magazine will allow HTML5 to seamlessly replace Adobe Flash video content on the publications' Web sites for compatibility with Apple's iPad.
Discussion: Fast Company and Macworld
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says mobile services now partly blocked in China  —  Updated 10:30 a.m. with response from Google.  —  On Sunday, Google updated a page that has been tracking the status of its services in China to indicate that its “Mobile” service there is now partially blocked.
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New York Times:
After Google's Move, a Shift in Search Terms
Discussion: CNET News, Telegraph and msnbc.com, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 9.1 to Bring eBook Support, Genius Mix Enhancements, Automatic Bitrate Conversion?  —  MacRumors has received information from a source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update that will presumably be released around the same time as the iPad's U.S. launch this Saturday.
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How Facebook May Save Elevation Partners  —  Things are not going great at Elevation Partners.  Its initial $1.8 billion fund - that was met with great fanfare when it was raised by rockstar investor Roger McNamee, rockstar gaming executive John Riccitiello and actual rockstar Bono …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation  —  Quora, a new startup founded by ex-Facebook employees, has closed a first round of funding, and it's a big one.  Benchmark Capital has led the round and general partner Matt Cohler has taken a board seat at the company (Cohler is a former Facebook exec).
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune HD 64 makes surprise appearance  —  The link's dead now, but there's no mistaking the appearance of a Zune HD 64 on the official Zune website.  Hey Microsoft, got something you want to tell us?  A 64GB Zune HD, perhaps, doubling the capacity of your previous top-ender?  How about global availability?
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Boingo Brings $1.99 Pay-Per-Use Wi-Fi to Apple's iPad  —  Boingo today launched a new app to help get Apple iPads online without any ties to AT&T. Boingo's Wi-Fi Credits software — which also supports iPhones and iPod touch devices — offers wireless access for $1.99 per hour.
AppleInsider:
Apple releases Mac OS X 10.6.3 with QuickTime X, OpenGL improvements  —  Apple on Monday released Mac OS X 10.6.3, the latest software update to its Snow Leopard operating system, bringing improvements in the reliability and compatibility of QuickTime X and addressing compatibility issues with OpenGL-based applications.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's a Towering Success — Just Not Financially  —  Web-Video Future Hinges on It Working Out Pay Model  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hulu is everyone's favorite provider of TV on the web, but it's facing an ideological battle over its future.  On one side are its network backers, which would like Hulu to become a paid service.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dashboard App For iPad: Sneak Preview Video  —  The iPad is coming alright - shipping notices have started popping up this morning, although I'd wager you won't see the first ones effectively arrive until the 3rd of April.  At launch day, expect at least 100 apps straight out the gate, and likely double that.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Rumor: Google, Adobe may get chummier with Chrome, Flash partnership  —  Google is planning to bundle its Chrome browser and or operating system with Adobe's Flash in a deeper partnership, we've heard from reliable sources.  —  The announcement, which is expected to go down on Tuesday …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cracking Facebook's Dominance: New Cross-Network Commenting Protocol Could Be a Game Changer  —  Two companies outside Silicon Valley say they are the first implementors of a new open source protocol called Salmon, which allows comments to be sent over the walls of one social network to communicate with users of another.
Bloomberg:
Verizon Said to Be in Preliminary Talks With Vodafone on Wireless Business  —  Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group Plc continue to hold informal talks on how to optimize returns from their U.S. mobile-phone partnership, two people familiar with the talks said.
Federico Viticci / MacStories:
Browsing the iPad App Store: A Video  —  We've seen so many screenshots of the iPad App Store , but what about some video footage?  We've just been sent a short video that shows the actual store being used, with all the applications we've seen so far: the Yahoo Entertainment app, Twitterrific …
Glenn Fleishman / Ars Technica:
feature: The state of 4G: it's all about congestion, not speed  —  Most of the talk about future fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband networks appears to focus on speed.  These networks will be far, far faster than current 3G networks.  But speed isn't actually the main reason why every carrier …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The (Short) History Of Twitter's Plans To Make Money  —  After being hounded for months about how it plans to make money, Twitter (finally) is set to provide an answer, likely at the company's Chirp conference in mid-April.  What'll it be?  The consensus is that an ad platform of some sort will be announced.
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
DirecTV will launch 3D capability in June, including ESPN 3D  —  DirecTV will be among the first television providers to offer ESPN 3D.  The channel launches this June, and DirecTV will place it alongside two other 3D channels, a 24/7 pay-per-view channel and a movies on-demand channel.
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Dan Butcher / Mobile Marketer Search:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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